The UCI Center for the Study of Democracy presents the Jack W. Peltason Lecture & Dinner

“Reflections on Washington Past, Present and Future”
A Conversation with Dennis Hastert, Former Speaker of the House
Moderated by Matthew Beckmann, Associate Professor of Political Science, UCI

Thursday, February 23, 2012
6:30 p.m.
University Club | 801 E. Peltason Drive | Irvine, CA 92697

"Denny" Hastert was Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1999 to 2007, making him the country’s longest-serving Republican Speaker. During his time in the eye of Washington’s political storm, Speaker Hastert helped chart the nation’s course through its most trying times, including 9/11, and most controversial issues, such as Medicare reform. In this candid conversation, Speaker Hastert will:

  • Reflect on his Speakership, including interactions with Presidents Bill Clinton & George W. Bush.
  • Assess current inside the Beltway wrangling on today’s most important issues.
  • Predict the legislative landscape for healthcare and tax reform after the 2012 elections.
  • Answer questions from the audience.

The cost for this event is $100 per person. RSVPs are required. To arrange for payment or for further information, please contact Shani Brasier at or (949) 824-2904. 

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